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Rail fare rise a ‘cruel joke’

5 December 2017 

Responding to the announcement that next year’s rail fares will rise on average 3.4 per cent, Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“Increasing fares by 3.4 per cent, the highest for five years, will seem like a cruel joke for hard pressed rail commuters who are seeing limited or no pay rises. We and others been arguing for a freeze on rail fares this year, but the Government has ignored this call, yet has been quite happy to freeze fuel duty.

“Whilst we welcome the new rail cards, which will help younger commuters and those getting to school or training, these don't remove the need for fundamental reform of the complex rail fares system and for season tickets for the growing number of part-time workers.” 


For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk


Notes to Editors

  1. The Rail Delivery Group has announced that next year’s rail fares will rise on average 3.4 per cent from January 2018. Regulated fares, things like season tickets, will however rise by 3.6 per cent in line July’s RPI figure.
  2. Season ticket costs for various commuter routes from January 2018 are below.
  3. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).